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Character, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

Chaim final constant contactAs Rosh Hashanah 5776 makes its appearance, we will be well prepared. All classes from Preschool to kindergarten through 12th grade have been discussing and learning about the multiple meanings and opportunities that R”H brings us every year.

Upon returning from holiday observance, our students will participate in National Character Day on Friday, September 18th. This day takes place during the Ten Days of Awe between R”H and Yom Kippur and this year our classes will be discussing “What does it mean to be a Mensch?” Tiffany Shlain, a graduate of a Jewish day school herself, directed a new ten-minute film on being a Mensch that will have its world premiere next Friday and our older students will be watching it. Younger students will be discussing it in their classrooms as part of our holiday education programming. We will send you the link in next week’s Kolot so you can see what your children are learning.

In the meantime, you can enjoy this brief video about the Science of Character which, while not explicitly Jewish, forms the basis for the “Be a Mensch” program and the Menschlichkeit education that we teach and practice at SDJA.

Shabbat shalom and Shanah Tovah to you and your family,


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